Koeman talks Messi, Umtiti and Araujo ahead of Cadiz

Ronald Koeman has cleared up doubts about Messi, Araujo and Umtiti before the Cadiz clash.

There have been several rumours about Lionel Messi leaving in the future, but Koeman isn’t one to entertain them.

“Cadiz seem to have a hard time earning points at home, but they’re doing good and they’re a tricky opponent against which we have to be focused,” Koeman said.

“We know Leo’s situation,” he said. “There’s only one person who can decide his future and that is Leo. I’m not interested in comments from the outside, but rather those from inside the club. We can’t control the outsiders, but from the inside it’s different.

“Messi and Neymar together in Paris or in Barcelona? As a club we have to try to have the best players here.”

He also spoke about Samuel Umtiti and Ronald Araujo’s fitness ahead of the game.

“Umtiti is very close,” he said. “He played 60 minutes with Barcelona B and had no discomfort. I don’t know when, but soon he will be on the list. Araujo has been out for a while. He has options to play, but I have to decide when. There are more games coming up.

“We can’t afford to lose more points in La Liga. We have to win every game left in 2020.”

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